Dear Miss Snark,
Anna Genoese recently came out against putting the RWA PRO designation in one's cover letter. In case the RWA PRO has not yet come to the attention of Miss Snarkalicious and KY, PRO is awarded when one can prove one has submitted a completed manuscript to either an agent or an editor. Achieving PRO does allow certain extra perks from RWA, such as attendance at special sessions at the annual conference and access to email loops. Should one add this publishing credential to their cover letter or does it scream "Nitwit of the Day" to any publishing maven who sees it?
Thanks again for your marvelous blog!!! I read it and learn something every day.
A devoted snarkling
What the fuck?
Calling for the Clue Gun!
Let's get this straight right away: a publishing credential means something has been published. Not submitted. Not looked at. Not ogled. Not asked for. Not even critiqued by a less snarky agent than Miss S.
This is NOT not not a publishing credential.
If you put "I've earned RWA PRO status cause I've been asked for full manuscripts by an editor or agent" my response is "so what".
What is RWA trying to do here? I'm not a member; I don't do romance; I'm clue free about the thinking behind this nitwittery. Feel free to clue me in!
I'm with Miss Genoese on this one. She's a smart cookie.